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Old 07-26-2007, 08:18 AM
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How are you currently sitting?


High- Above your knees

Middle- About knee height

Low- Below your knees
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Old 07-26-2007, 09:40 AM
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i sit just higher than my knees, because if i sit too low i get back pains and that aint good
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Old 07-26-2007, 10:29 AM
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Hmmm, I think just above my knees.

Nice pictures Btw.

Dont forget though that Chad Smith is really tall, like Adrian Erlandsson, and says that for a man of his height, a low seat helps keep a straight back.
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Old 07-26-2007, 05:14 PM
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my stool is about 2-3 inches above my knee (im 6 foot tall), i sit quite high up, and a fair bit back from my kit.

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Old 07-27-2007, 05:00 AM
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I'm 6'3" and I find that the lower I go, the more relaxed and balanced I feel. Standing, my throne height is below my knee, but not in Chad or Vinnie land. My knees are just above my hip when I'm playing. I've experienced with different heights over the years and keep going back to the lower position. My back is straight, my footwork is good for both heel up and down, and I can play for hours. It's really a personal choice but don't be afraid to experiment with different heights, heel up/down, jazz beats, rock, metal, whatever. Make sure you're snare and toms are positioned correctly as well.
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Old 07-27-2007, 05:58 AM
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A little above my knees (speaking of little I'm around 5'5), it works perfectly for me.

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Old 07-27-2007, 06:23 AM
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A tiny bit above my knees. I just do what is most comfortable for me while playing, as it should be with everyone.
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Old 07-27-2007, 07:11 AM
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I sit a tad higher than my legs being parallel to the ground. You should never sit lower than your knees because it puts a strain on your back and forces you to work more to lift your legs.
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Old 07-30-2007, 04:15 AM
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I guess I sit fairly high. I got my knees torn up playing football (American style) and this helps me play for longer without pain.
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Old 07-30-2007, 05:15 AM
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I sit almost even with my knees... I have really bad posture, like Mitch Mitchell, I hunch my back, and used to sit below my knees, long jam sessions would really do a number on me and my knees so my friend told me to raise my throne.. Now it's just right.
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Old 07-30-2007, 05:54 AM
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When I stand up straight and extend my fingertips that's the height of my throne.
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Old 07-30-2007, 11:59 AM
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I sit high enough so that my thighs are angled downwards slightly when my feet are on the pedals. For double bass playing, I am looking for the same feeling that I get while sitting on the edge of a pool and dangling my feet into the water. In this way the ankles are free to move independently of the thigh without too much strain of holding the leg up.
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Old 07-30-2007, 02:48 PM
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I sit at knee height... Top of legs horizontal to the floor. While shopping for a throne recently I have noticed that LOW thrones are getting harder to find..
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Old 07-30-2007, 03:12 PM
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I usually sit a bit higher than my knees, but I just tried sitting level with my knees and it really makes my feet "free". I don't have to work as hard to lift them and that screws up my balance. I'm going level. :)
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Old 07-30-2007, 03:28 PM
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I guess I sit fairly high. I got my knees torn up playing football (American style) and this helps me play for longer without pain.
What kind of pain were you having (location on knee)? I noticed since I raised my throne, I'm not having near as much pain in my knee (patella).
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Old 07-31-2007, 06:48 PM
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slightly above parallel.

there is a good video on YouTube by Weckl where he talks about throne height.
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Old 08-13-2007, 04:55 PM
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What kind of pain were you having (location on knee)?
My knees start to hurt anytime they're fixed in a bent position for a long period of time. Like: Riding in a car, sitting at my desk, etc.
With the raised throne, the area just to the side of my patella takes much longer (2 hours as opposed to 30 min) to start to ache.
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Old 08-14-2007, 04:05 AM
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i sit a little above my knees even though im quite short........ there are two reasons i do this i feel i have more power over the kit if im sitting over it and not level and it makes it easier to double kick as you dont have to lift your whole leg u can just point your toes down and of u go............
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Old 08-18-2007, 03:45 PM
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I sit with my hips slightly higher than my knees. Although I've been wondering about this issue lately myself because I'm 6'1". I just bought a Tama first chair with the bicycle style seat. I love the fact that it doesn't cut into the back of my legs like the older hard round thrones did. I met Louie Bellson in 1982 and Buddy Rich in 1985, one thing I noticed about both men was they wern't that tall so that had an effect on their throne height -posture etc...But as musicians, they were larger than life to me !
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Old 08-18-2007, 05:13 PM
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I sit right slightly above my knees, Mostly because when I sit low the drums are kinda high, and I also feel I have more power and control...
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Old 08-23-2007, 01:05 AM
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I sit with my throne pretty high. I was wondering if it was normal that when I dropped my throne, my back hurts? When my legs are parallel to the ground, my back hurts...
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Old 08-23-2007, 04:08 AM
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I sit with my throne pretty high. I was wondering if it was normal that when I dropped my throne, my back hurts? When my legs are parallel to the ground, my back hurts...
Well, you have a tiny kit, perhaps this is a factor in the throne height? I wouldn't know.
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Old 08-23-2007, 04:33 AM
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I have it all set up high enough.
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:34 PM
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i sit above the knees but below the knees when i have to.
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Old 09-01-2007, 05:23 PM
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I sit very high and very far back. I have been slowly moving my throne closer to my kit because I pretty much lay over my snare. This makes it hard to breath when playing. I find when doing double bass sitting up kind of high makes it easier to play fast for long stretches.
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Old 09-02-2007, 02:07 AM
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i usually sit where my knees are about 90 degrees to the pedal so you have alot of wieght helping ya out but then not too much

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Old 09-24-2007, 05:46 PM
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This may sound weird, but I almost stand at my kit. When I first began to play, I didn't have a real drum throne so I experimented a lot. I tried milk crates but I was too low (rear end and knees equal height). Adding one phone book, then two was still too low for me. I finally went to an old bar stool which I cut 3" off each leg. I pretty much prop my backside against the edge of the stool in nearly a standing position with all the drums set correspondingly high. Until I retired from playing, that was my style. I dragged that same dented, stained and battered bar stool around for 20 years.I've been told for years that I was the "highest" drummer anyone ever saw and no one could play on my kit unless they brought their own stool and lowered the toms, HH and snare.

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